To take this course you should have completed…
But what does that really mean anyway?
Have you ever sat in a class with someone asking tons of questions about things they should have known before signing up? To prevent this, instructors and institutions have instituted the “stay out if you’re going to get on everyone’s nerves” clause.
It’s called the prerequisites.
Prerequites are designed in such a way to allow you to escape. If you have any apprehensions about taking the class at all, you can just refrain from ever signing up – because of the prerequisites.
Regardless of if you have the prereq’s, you can play this card. The course description reads: To take this course you should have completed College Algebra.
You can convince yourself using one of these:
See how you can talk yourself out of anything?
All topics of math can be learned independently. Every topic can be learned before or after any other topic. And every topic can be used to support as well as be supported by any other topic.
There is no order to this stuff. There is merely the order in which we learned it – one of a hundred bazillion ways that you could order it.
My little sister was interested in math in college. I suggested she take Linear Algebra, a sophomore level class, in her first semester. The course catalog listed three semesters of calculus as the prerequisites. I told her that Linear Algebra had nothing at all to do with Calculus and she should ignore the prereq’s.
She finished her degree in her way – following her interests. (By the way, she’s currently the Business Administrator in that same math department!)
If you, or your kids, don’t want to do it, then don’t.
But if you do – then don’t let some nutty arbitrary prerequisite statement stop you! Or even slow you down.
Unfortunately those words sound like, “The prerequisite for this is high school math.”
The class is online and it’s free. If your teens are interested, encourage them to join. If you have a precocious pre-teen, see if he or she is curious. And if you have a GED
or no high school math at all, jump in – if you want.
And the next time you’re faced with anything that looks like prerequisites, ignore them!